Reformation Day: Opening Prayer

Here’s an opening prayer written for Reformation Sunday worship (October 30, 2011).

Opening Prayer

God of Life: may your light
shine on your people today,
as it shone in each moment of history.
May the light of your presence
inspire this celebration,
and inspire our lives,
to praise you and recognize you,
as source of all creation,
as strength that sustains,
as sap that nurtures,
as wisdom that foresees,
as clarity that discovers,
as love that understands,
as mercy that forgives...
May the light of your presence,
eternal and inextinguishable,
shine on us now and forever
till the dawn of your Kingdom,
present in each day.

~ from Renewing the Church: Resources for Celebrating Reformation Sunday, published by World Alliance of Reformed Churches.